How great it is that we were lucky enough to live in the era of the development of technology, science and cosmetology! Nowadays, looking well-groomed and young is not a huge problem, the main thing is to start taking care of your appearance and maintaining your skin in good condition in time and correctly.
The use of masks is one of the options on the way to a beautiful look at any age. An aldehyde face mask does an excellent job with this task and is often used by qualified professionals in beauty salons. Is it possible to apply such masks at home on their own?
Let's consider this issue in more detail in this article. But first, let's find out what are aldehydes?
Aldehydes. What is this?
Aldehydes are organic compounds that are dehydrogenated alcohol. These are not natural substances, they are obtained as a result of the synthesis of some components.
A group of these substances are part of many naturalcomponents such as:
- essential oils.
Aldehydes are very often used in various fields, such as:
- industry (where their use needs caution).
In perfumery, for example, aldehydes are also treated in two ways. Adherents claim that these perfume components play beautifully in bouquets, gradually revealing their aroma as a result of gradual fusion with the skin. Opponents of aldehydes talk about the harmfulness and even toxicity of these components.
As for the safety of use in cosmetology, the situation is similar - opinions differ: some researchers claim their toxicity, others, on the contrary, show only the benefits of their use. According to the adherents of these synthetic components, an aldehyde face mask is one of the most effective ways to preserve the youthfulness of the skin of the face.
But first things first.
Aldehydes in cosmetology
As mentioned above, aldehyde components are widely used in various fields.
But in cosmetology they are of particular importance and appear in the form of formic acid and retinol, which affect the production of the skin's own collagen, thereby prolonging the rapid pace of renewal and rejuvenation of the skin.
Aldehyde face mask contains formic acid, which does an excellent job of drying oily skin andnormalization of the functioning of the sebaceous glands.
Purposes of application in cosmetology
Aldehyde face mask is used in cosmetology to a greater extent for the purpose of tightening and regenerating the skin, suitable for combination and oily skin types.
Aldehyde face mask works in this way: its constituent elements corrode the keratinized epithelium, but do not affect he althy skin tissues. After that, the process of releasing the skin from dead cells takes place and then the renewal of the skin epithelium starts.
Effects from application
Aldehyde face mask, the benefit or harm of which is still debated by researchers, has a strong position in cosmetology due to its noticeable positive properties:
- eliminates fine lines;
- refreshes dull, gray skin;
- improves skin relief;
- destroys freckles and age spots;
- balances sebum production;
- visibly tightens the skin.
All these effects are achieved due to the fact that the aldehyde face mask is able to regenerate the skin and neutralize dead cells.
Aldehyde face mask, reviews of cosmetologists and clients about which are mostly positive, can be used not only in professional salons, but also at home.
The most important rulein the use of aldehydes at home is caution and a preliminary allergy test. It is best to apply the component on the wrist and do not wash it off for some time (ten to fifteen minutes). If the test is passed perfectly, then you can approach the application of the mask on the face.
The main thing here is to maintain the correct proportions and not exceed the time of applying the mask on the face. All components of the mask can be purchased at a pharmacy or beauty store without a prescription.
Use for oily skin
At home, an aldehyde face mask requires special care and caution, as it works differently on different skin types.
For example, for oily, rough skin, it is better to use diluted formic alcohol, which you can easily buy at any pharmacy.
This procedure must be done with extreme caution, since alcohol can cause burns on the skin.
This component should be applied to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth. Leave for fifteen minutes, after the specified time, be sure to apply the cream. Of course, it must be of high quality and suitable for this type of skin.
Mask for normal skin
This type of skin is more delicate and prone to various irritations. Therefore, for her, formic alcohol should be diluted with cosmetic clay.
It is recommended to use the following proportions:
- cosmetic clay (two teaspoons);
- formic alcohol (oneteaspoon);
- a little warm water for a buttery consistency.
Mix all the components of the mask and apply it on the face for seven minutes.
After the specified time, wash off the mask with warm water and apply your favorite cream to the skin.
Mask for sensitive and dry skin
This type of skin needs special gentle care, an aldehyde face mask based on your favorite cream with the addition of half a tablespoon of retinol oil solution will perfectly cope with this task. This mask should be applied to the face with circular massage movements.
You can take advantage of the beneficial properties of avocado and prepare an aldehyde face mask with it at home. There are many ways to prepare this mixture.
First. You should take half an avocado and mash it to a paste, add a couple of drops of argan oil, olive oil and a teaspoon of retinol.
To get the resulting mass as close as possible to a homogeneous one, use a blender. Such a mask should be kept on the face for no more than fifteen minutes, then remove it with a napkin and wash your face with water or tonic. Apply cream.
Second. Mix half an avocado with a few drops of peppermint oil and a teaspoon of retinol, it is enough to apply this mask for only ten minutes.
Rules for applying aldehyde masks
Aldehyde-based masks are useful and act quickly, the effect of their application is noticeable immediately afterthe first procedure. But the aldehyde face mask has not yet received wide distribution in home cosmetology. It is not at all difficult to buy components for its preparation in St. Petersburg or any other city, but the fair sex is deterred from these purchases by a lack of awareness about their use and safety.
And here it is worth noting that these masks should be applied in courses, while strictly observing the recipe, proportions and duration of exposure to the skin. If at least one of the above conditions is violated, a good effect should not be expected.
You can make your own pure aldehyde mask, it is bought in the form of a gel or powder, which should be diluted with water.
Before mixing the ingredients, clean and prepare the face.
Mixing is until a mass is formed that resembles sour cream in its consistency. Apply to face cleansed of make-up and impurities, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth. Eyelashes and eyebrows are best covered with cream.
It is better not to apply alone, and preferably in a supine position, since the consistency is watery and can spread over the face. Leave the mask on your face for no more than half an hour.
During this time, the mask will cool down, and it will not be difficult to remove it. You don't even have to wash your face.
Depending on the condition and type of skin, the number of applications of the mask is different. If the skin is flabby and needs a good lifting, or very dry or problematic, then it is better to do this procedure up to four times a week. In the restcases, it is enough to apply this composition with an interval of three to four days.
Reviews on aldehyde masks
Probably, there is not a single cosmetologist who would be against the use of this type of mask. These people constantly see the effect of aldehyde masks and call it an almost revolutionary innovation on the way to maintaining elasticity and good-looking skin.
The advantage of such masks is that they can be used for all skin types: oily - dry, dry - moisturize, problematic - cleanse, and normal - enriched with useful microelements. In the case of withered and flabby skin, you should not be upset either - the aldehyde mask works great as a lifting.
As an excellent tool for prolonging the youthfulness of the skin, along with aldehyde products, there are also alginate face masks. Reviews of cosmetologists about them are also only positive.
Alginate masks are laboratory-created cosmetics based on alginic acid, which is synthesized from algae. Like aldehydes, these beauty products are renowned for their firming and rejuvenating effects.